Ah Verdelho. Where does it sit in the grand scheme of wine? 2016 wasn’t the greatest vintage in the Hunter. In good years, it still has a drive and thrust yet cushioned with tropical fruit so can be seen as a worthy rival to fruitier Sauvignon Blanc. In a wetter year, the greenery can come out to play, but with diligent grape selection and benevolent wine making, it can still be a balanced product. Made by the incredibly skilled Liz Silkman (nee Jackson).
Gartelmann, Jessica, Verdelho, Hunter Valley, 2016
Fruity nose, with natural sweetness coming to the fore (very little residual sugar). Crystalised ginger, tropical green melon, verbena and dewy grass. The palate has the expected Hunter zip, before Starfruit tropical flavours moosh with lemon grass and rocket/arugula like peppery notes. There’s some heft to this young lass, weighing in at 13.2% alcohol. As such, she’ll need an equally weighty dinner companion. Throw it at a Thai Green Chicken curry, with just enough spice for balance.